Youth empowerment and social justice camps and programs

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Is your child interested in social justice, activism, and leadership? Does he or she enjoy challenging and exciting experiences? If so, a youth empowerment or social justice camp may be a perfect fit. Read more

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  • Camps that specialize in Youth empowerment and social justice

    YMCA of Greater Vancouver   
    There’s something about camp that brings out the best in us. Whether it’s sailing, hiking or uncovering leadership potential, YMCA's spring and summer camps provide children ages 5-17 with a memorable experience.

    Vancouver; Gibsons

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 5 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day, Overnight, family
    from $139/session
    Day, Overnight, family Coed 139 5-17 0 Vancouver, Gibsons


    Camps offering Youth empowerment and social justice as an activity
    Camp Can-Aqua   
    A traditional camp with diverse programming & exceptional instruction, we believe in teaching kids compromise, patients & empathy. Fun is a given. Through thoughtful & individualized programming, our campers thrive here.

    Haliburton Highlands; Oakville; Ottawa

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 5 to 17
    • Coed
    • Overnight, family
    from $1,950/2 weeks
    sessions & dates
    Overnight, family Coed 1950 5-17 0 Haliburton Highlands, Oakville, Ottawa
    Ontario Educational Leadership Centre   
    Leadership training for students in Grades 6-12 in the arts, athletics, French language sports, SHSM, school leadership and more. Leadership courses are facilitated by qualified Ontario Teachers. #WeLead

    Washago

    Education: Leadership

    • Ages 10 to 18
    • Coed
    • Overnight
    from $240/program
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Coed 240 10-18 1 Washago
    Camp Courage - Girls Who Fight   
    A self defense and confidence camp where girls learn empowering self defense techniques, as well as how to speak assertively, walk confidently, and improve situational awareness.

    Scarborough Junction, Toronto; Markham; Davisville Village, Toronto

    Sport: Martial Arts

    • Ages 8 to 15
    • Girls
    • Day
    from $365/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Girls 365 8-15 2 Scarborough Junction, Toronto, Markham, Davisville Village, Toronto
    Rotherglen Summer Camp   
    Summer Camps will include Robotics, STEM, Drama, Art, Sports and Cooking Camps, all taking advantage of our beautiful new state of the art facility. Registration opens Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

    Oakville

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 6 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $340/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Coed 340 6-14 3 Oakville
    Outward Bound Canada   
    Est 1969. Inspiring, challenging journeys of self-discovery in the outdoors. Join an authentic, transformational adventure to see Canada at its finest, reach beyond your own boundaries, and tap in to your true potential.

    Kananaskis; Vancouver Island; Throughout Canada; Grand Manan; Algonquin Park

    Adventure (multi)

    • Ages 12 to 99
    • Coed, Girls, Boys
    • Day, Overnight, family
    from $779/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Overnight, family Coed, Girls, Boys 779 12-99 4 Kananaskis, Vancouver Island, Throughout Canada, Grand Manan, Algonquin Park
    Lakefield Camp International   
    Lakefield Camp is a traditional Canadian overnight summer camp that offers various outdoor & indoor land/water sports & activities, from sailing to theater arts, a complete ropes course, language classes & so much more!

    Lakefield

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 9 to 17
    • Coed
    • Overnight
    from $1,400/week
    Overnight Coed 1400 9-17 5 Lakefield
    Bytown Brigantine Tall Ships Adventure   
    An outdoor adventure camp on a tall ship: building leadership, good citizenship & lifelong friendships. Ages 12-14 on Black Jack in small team-building groups & ages 14+ on Fair Jeanne, earning HS credit on select trips.

    Ontario (1); United States (4)

    Travel

    • Ages 12 to 18
    • Coed
    • Overnight
    from $900/session
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Coed 900 12-18 6 Brockville, Harbourfront, Toronto, Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire
    Hollows Camp   
    A traditional overnight and day camp located 1 hour north of Toronto. Activities include: canoeing & kayaking, archery, paintball, tennis, trampoline/circus, horseback riding, bushcraft, drama, arts, and swimming.

    Bradford

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 7 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day, Overnight
    from $400/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Overnight Coed 400 7-15 7 Bradford
    Brain Power Enrichment Programs   
    With more than 30 years of success, Brain Power is an innovative leader in enrichment education for bright and gifted students. Brain Power is a transformative model for what gifted education should be about in the GTA.

    Vaughan

    Academic/Tutoring: Instructor lead (group)

    • Ages 6 to 18
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $325/program
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 325 6-18 8 Vaughan
    UTS: Experience Innovation   
    A day camp for high-achieving and eager student aged 9 to 18. The UTS affiliation with UofT means that campers are taught by exceptional teachers, teacher candidates, field experts and university instructors.

    Trinity Bellwoods, Toronto; South Annex, Toronto

    Education (multi)

    • Ages 11 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $585/session
    sessions & dates
    Day Coed 585 11-18 9 Trinity Bellwoods, Toronto, South Annex, Toronto
    Radiant Girls   
    Girls Wellness & Leadership programs, with prof. coaches, chef's and trainers. Featuring Yoga/Pilates, Outdoor Adventures, Confidence & EI Activities, Meaningful Art, Leadership Games, Relationship Building, and More!

    Burlington; Hamilton

    Education: Leadership

    • Ages 7 to 16
    • Girls
    • Day, Overnight, Program, family
    from $479/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Overnight, Program, family Girls 479 7-16 10 Burlington, Hamilton
    Explorer Hop   
    Featured in BBC. A camp where kids learn about Entrepreneurship, Money Management, Innovation, Debate Camp and even get to create their own board game!

    Leaside, Toronto

    Education: Entrepreneurship

    • Ages 6 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day, Program, family
    from $350/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program, family Coed 350 6-14 11 Leaside, Toronto
    Learn & Experience   
    L&E UK inspires & nurtures young people with their award winning World Camps, Teen Travel & Youth Leadership programs. The courses can be combined to create a summer experience of a lifetime (up to 6 weeks).

    International

    Education (multi)

    • Ages 8 to 16
    • Coed
    • Overnight
    from $3,000/2 weeks
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Coed 3000 8-16 12 International
    The Hoop Factory   
    Camp/program teaching the fundamentals in basketball, balance, footwork to players at all levels. A fun, high energy camp for boys/girls of all ages. Christmas Holiday-March Break-Summer Break #BuildingBetterBallers

    Ajax; Markham; Danforth Village, Toronto

    Sport: Basketball

    • Ages 5 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $200/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Coed 200 5-18 13 Ajax, Markham, Danforth Village, Toronto
    Science North Camps   
    Science North offers innovative and stimulating PA Day, holiday and summer camps that introduce children to the worlds of science, technology, engineering and math. Camps are available for 4-11 year olds.

    Ontario (5)

    Education: STEM

    • Ages 4 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $153/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Coed 153 4-14 14 City of Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Barrie, North Bay, Kenora
    Behaviour Matters   
    Focused on developing social skills, emotional/self-regulation and self confidence. Programs are interactive, skills, and strength-based, consisting of games, team building; role-plays, art, discussions, take-home tasks.

    Lawrence Heights, Toronto

    Education: Leadership

    • Ages 4 to 18
    • Coed, Girls, Boys
    • Program, family
    from $600/group
    Program, family Coed, Girls, Boys 600 4-18 15 Lawrence Heights, Toronto
    Brentwood College School Summer Camps   
    Located on beautiful Vancouver Island, Brentwood College School offers focused camps for Soccer, Academics, Rowing, Rock Band, Debate, and Musical Theatre for kids aged 7 to 17.

    Mill Bay

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 7 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day, Overnight
    from $200/week
    Day, Overnight Coed 200 7-17 16 Mill Bay
    Ross Creek Centre for the Arts   
    SummerArts combines the best of camp with the best of the arts, with great food, a full rec schedule, campfire, and of course a core of incredible arts programming, all on a beautiful campus overlooking the Bay of Fundy.

    Canning

    Art (multi)

    • Ages 5 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day, Overnight, Program, family
    from $290/week
    Day, Overnight, Program, family Coed 290 5-18 17 Canning
    French International Language Camps   
    English students learning French mix with French students learning English in this innovative program in the French Alps. Sports and other activities are an important part of the experience, along with language lessons.

    International

    Education: Language Studies

    • Ages 6 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day, Overnight
    from $2,540/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Overnight Coed 2540 6-17 18 International
    Block 8 Academy   
    Active, fun weekly camps with a variety of activities ranging including cooking, parkour, lake days, STEM class, improv, theatre and the arts. We keep your child active and encourage their creativity!

    Port Moody

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 5 to 12
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $50/day
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 50 5-12 19 Port Moody



    Who are youth empowerment camps for and what programs do they have?

    Youth empowerment camps, also called “social justice camps,” are primarily intended for teens. Many, though, are also open to preteens.

    These camps are a great option for kids who want to expand their horizons, build confidence, and connect with a like-minded community. Kids who are passionate about social issues and want to make a difference in the world are an especially good fit.

    Youth empowerment summer camps and programs offer training, exercises, and activities related to social justice. Your child will learn about a wide range of local and global issues:

    • Poverty and homelessness
    • The environment and climate change
    • Racism and bigotry
    • Bullying
    • Gay rights
    • Sexuality
    • Animal cruelty
    • Gun control
    • Culture
    • Religion

    But there’s more to these camps than social activism and education. Youth empowerment camps also have a variety of fun activities that you’ll find at other camps and programs. This includes campfires, swimmingthe artsmusicdancesports, and more.

    Many youth empowerment and social justice camps are residential. Some, though, are day programs.

    What are the main benefits of youth empowerment camps?

    At a youth empowerment and social justice camp your child will learn crucial skills. Some of the main ones include

    This will serve your child well in the future, and help them excel in the teen years and beyond. They’ll learn important values, build confidence, and learn how to make a difference. They’ll also have the opportunity to make new friends, have a great time, and build memories that can last a lifetime.

    We list youth empowerment and social justice camps in Canada and the United States. Click on a camp to learn all about it, including its cost, location, programs, and session dates.







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